I have been a long time fan of addingto my bathwater, depending on my mood. Peppermint, to wake me up. Lavender and or Tea Tree oil to help me sleep, lemongrass and eucalyptus – well, because I love the smell. I did all this for years but a few weeks ago, something happened that means that I never will. Made me realize how unsafe it is to do this. (more…)
A few years ago, I wrote a post about how there were so many bad food choices in the world and someone commented “Thank goodness we do not have processed food in Nigeria”.
The rest of the comment seemed to imply that the reader was under the impression that the foods we grew up with were all natural, healthy and not processed.
She is not alone as a lot of people tend to think that this is a new thing and that with most of the things we grew up seeing, we would naturally not class them as processed food. (more…)
English Names: - Bitter Kola, False Kola
Nigerian Names: Bini - Edun. Efik - Efiari. Ibibio - Efiat. Igbo - Akilu, Aki-unu, Adi, Akara-inu, Ogolu. Ijaw - OkanContinue Reading
Last year, out of frustration that I know that a lot of us have faced when buying honey, I wrote this post. Luckily for me it was read by a beekeeper (whose sister saw the article and sent him a link)
This bee-keeper who was obviously knowledgeable and passionate about bee keeping answered a lot of questions in that post and of course that got my interest. Several emails back and forth, he has answered a few questions that readers like yourself submitted.Continue Reading
Who loves chocolate? Yeah, that's what I thought. Almost everyone does.
However, for those of us trying to pursue a healthy lifestyle, we find that we can't indulge guilt - free because of the ingredients in a chocolate bar. The ingredient list below is for a bar that is quite popular in Nigeria. Not terrible but definitely not a healthy bar.Continue Reading
The fact that there is a Fuel Scarcity in Nigeria is no longer news. It has endured from one administration to another. While I would like to believe that we will soon be rid of the queues, their persistence weakens hope everyday.
Beyond losing man-hours to spending long periods of time in these unending queues, there are other costs that we do not see.
Our health as a nation suffers every time there is a queue. Every. Time.Continue Reading
This post is about something I have said already before but since the ones most affected tend to be our little ones (children), I figure that it is worth repeating.
So what is NN on about again this time? Why is she getting on her soapbox. Most importantly, why is talking about herself in the 3rd person? LOL!
Last year, I shared information that had come my way from a very reliable source about mold (or some other biological matter) being found in a whole carton of caprisonne. Unfortunately, this was only discovered after it had been consumed by a young child who promptly fell in and had to be taken to the hospital immediately. You can read the entire story here.Continue Reading
Oils are becoming more and more useful outside the kitchen. In Nigeria, coconut oil has been used as a cosmetic product for a long long time but is now proudly joined by oils like Hemp Seed Oil, Sweet almond e.t.c.
A fairly common problem with oils is that they get spoilt or they go rancid. And we don't want that, so this post is about storing your oils to last.
It is fairly easy to tell when oils have gone rancid - they smell "off"Continue Reading
In case you are wondering, yes we are talking about the stuff that goes out of your body while you are sat on the “white throne”. It could be passing along really vital information about what is going on in your body. No BS!
I was at a place in Lagos last week. They had on sale, loads of their branded hair products and all of them had boldly written on them, “Eucalyptus” or “Castor Oil” or “Aloe Vera” e.t.c. You know, all those buzzwords that people that are pursuing a natural lifestyle feel drawn to. I randomly took one of the products off the shelf and turned the packaging around to read the ingredients. That is my knee jerk reaction when I come across a new product. I can’t remember it all right now but the product with the Castor Oil written boldly in front of it had ingredients listed something like this:
Parafinum Liquidum, Microcrystalline Wax, Petrolatum, Castor Oil, Tea Tree Oil, PEG-75 Lanolin Oil, Parfum.